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Pinch myself moment

As you recall I was chosen as a weekly award winner of Small Business Sunday #SBS by Theo Paphitis (of Dragons den) back in March 2021. Every year Theo holds a huge conference at the ICC in Birmingham where all the winners meet to hear inspirational speakers, for not working & to meet Theo himself. Here I am collecting my official winner’s certificate on Friday 25th February which is now framed in my studio.

To find out more about what this means & the benefits, follow the link –


People’s choice Runner-up

I’m pleased to announce that am an official “Runner-up” in the Biz Bubble People’s Choice awards. I will now be featured in a directory of the Top Ten businesses for 2022


Vote for me!

Hello dear friends & supporters, please could you spare 1 minute to vote for my small business…I’ve entered the @BizBubble Awards and I’d really love to win the People’s Choice Award which will give my business a big boost and recognition for all my hard work. I’d really appreciate it. Simply click here and find me in the list to vote. Thank you in advance! ❤️

Winter Sale Instagram Post

Winter sale continues

Now on until 31st January.

There’s amazing one time online offers – never to be repeated!!!

Click here to my Sale page


Big news for Black Friday!!

 I need to make room in my studio for new artworks in 2022 & so I’ve decided to offer some of my earlier original paintings at up to 50 % off.
Plus there are some amazing reductions on selected homewares!
These are available online on my website sale page – follow this link or why not pop into see me at Banks Mill Open Studios this weekend & take away something immediately to brighten your home.
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Banks Mill open studios is back!

Wow it’s nearly here!!
Banks Mill Studios open studios is back for 2021.

The whole building is a hive of activity with preparations to showcase Derby’s creative hub with so many unique things to see & take home!

There’s street food & sweet treats too!

I’m on the 1st floor this time & I do hope to see you! Please see the opening times on the pic.


The Derbyshire Makers pop up shop

There’s always something exciting happening in The Derbyshire Makers creative community that I am proud to be part of.

We will be hosting The Derbyshire Makers Christmas Pop UP Gallery & Shop in The Gatehouse at Haddon Hall from the 3rd to 23rd December from 10am until 4pm every day.

I’ll be there from 10th to 16th for info.

Haddon Hall is going to be open and it looks absolutely stunning decorated for the festive season so if you’re visiting during those few weeks, don’t forget to pop in to see us.


Mercury artwork goes to its rightful home

So this happened !!!
My huge 4ft x 3ft painting of Major Mercury has been sold, but until now, it’s been top secret.

A few weeks ago I was contacted out of the blue by a wonderful kind hearted lady to discuss purchasing the painting to donate to the breeders of Mercury aka Celt. The lady is a lover of horses & the household cavalry. She loves to photograph them in all their glory & felt the impact of Celt loss

As you can imagine Dyfed Shire Horse Farm were extremely upset by the untimely passing of Celt & it felt so right that the painting should go to where it would be loved, appreciated & be pride of place to commemorate him.

So myself & the generous benefactor came to an arrangement & the exciting surprise was put into motion :)) The painting was collected by specialist art couriers from Banks Mill Studios & then a week later it was delivered safely ( phew 😅) to South Wales on Monday 22nd November.

As you imagine it came as a huge surprise for Huw & Mark at Dyfed, in fact they were both lost for words.
The feeling of joy at doing this for them cannot be put into words to be honest, for both myself & the mystery lady :))

The painting has gone home, where it belongs. I couldn’t have wished for better 🙂


Portrait availability info

My diary for pet portraiture commissions is now fully booked for 2021. It’s going to be a busy few weeks pre Christmas. 🎄

I’m now taking bookings for my 2022 diary. So if there is a significant date such as a birthday/anniversary/wedding etc then I’d suggest getting in touch to grab your slot.

To secure a slot I take 1/3 of the total cost as a deposit & then the remainder is paid prior to handover.

Please message me if you have any questions

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Letter from Her Majesty The Queen

The 4th September marked 3 years in business as an artist at Banks Mill Studios – my goodness it has flown by! It’s been an amazing journey so far, filled with making an impact on people & charities with my artworks.

And what better occasion to share with you this amazing letter I received last week from Her Majesty “The Queen” herself!

Yes you read right! I wrote her a letter a few weeks ago to share with her my journey & some of my artworks. Especially the painting of her favourite military horse “Mercury” who she named & met on several occasions. She would have been sad at the news of his passing.

I was so shocked when a letter with the postmark from Balmoral landed on my doormat at home. I’m still pinching myself & will treasure it forever.


Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd May 2022
Belper Arts Trail
Belper, Derbyshire – Ladybird Pet Boutique, 15 King street, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1PW

Thursday 26th May 2022
10am – 4pm
Tissington Well Dressing Art & craft Fair
Tissington village hall, Tissington, Nr Ashbourne DE6 1RA

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2022
Derbyshire Open Arts
Banks Mill Studios, Bridge street, Derby

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2022
10am – 4pm
Six Streets Arts Trail 
24, Wheeldon Ave, Derby, DE22 1HN 

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2022
Bonsall Arts Trail
Bonsall, Derbyshire – Venue tbc

Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th July 2022
Patchings Arts Festival
Patchings Art Centre, oxton Rd, Calverton, Ng14 6nu

Friday 4th November 4.30pm – 8pm 
Saturday 5th November 10am – 4pm 
Southwell Winter Fair 
Southwell Minster, Church St, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD

Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November 2022
9.30am – 5pm
Haddon Hall Mercatum Winter Fair
The Gatehouse of Haddon Hall, Bakewell, DE45 1LA

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November 2022
5pm – 8pm Friday
10am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday
Banks Mill Open Studios
Banks Mill Studios, 71, Bridge Street Derby, DE1 3LB

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th December 2022
9.30am – 5pm
Haddon Hall Mercatum Winter Fair
The Gatehouse of Haddon Hall, Bakewell, DE45 1LA